On the other hand, I recognized who the woman he was talking about.
It’s the same one he talked about while we were still in the tower.
The woman who had a gaze full of warmth.
Albert’s first love, who he mentioned in passing.
“Is she the one who saved you, the one you mentioned while we were at the tower?”
Albert readily spoke.
“Yes. Of course, after meeting Rosteratu, that hope turned to a thirst for revenge, but…”
Then, she hadn’t been with Albert the whole time.
She erased Albert’s memories and left.
“Why did she save me, why did she say that I shouldn’t let go of hope, why did she make me promise to continue living? I couldn’t ask any of these questions to her.”
Why did she suddenly leave Albert when she took care of him so much? That was the most confusing thing.
And it’s only natural that Albert had many unanswered questions.
I thought about what I could do for him.
Soon, I came to a conclusion.
“Albert, I’ll look for her.”
I was a little disappointed by his baffled response, as if he didn’t think I’d be able to do it, but I nodded firmly.
Once Blanc becomes a proper adult dragon, I might be able to find her.
“Please at least have her face drawn later. Once I become Blanc’s contractor, I can go anywhere.”
“I’m sure that she’s the same.”
“She came and went however she pleased, without anyone knowing. She had also cast a perfect spell on me before. Even if I was young, I had enough talent for magic, so she wouldn’t have been able to do that if not for the fact that she’s a dragon’s contractor, too.”
Come to think of it, Albert once said that he also met a dragon when he was a child. I remember him saying that it was a white dragon, just like Blanc.
…Was this what he meant when he mentioned that he met a dragon when he was young?
Indeed. If she hadn’t been a contractor, she wouldn’t have disappeared just like that.
I could understand why he didn’t like dragons like Blanc.
Besides that, didn’t his magic teacher fail during the ‘developmental stage’ of the dragon he entered a contract with?
I glanced towards Blanc, who was sitting in front of me and was listening to the story.
Blanc had his head bowed. I wanted to comfort him, but before I could try to, he raised his head and shouted bravely.
“I, I will become a mighty adult! Then I’ll help you find that person!”
Seemingly unconvinced, Albert crossed his arms.
“I don’t need the help of a dragon fledgling.”
“But you need a dragon’s help.”
Ohh, Blanc knows how to fling out good comebacks now.
Albert leaned back and narrowed his eyes, like he couldn’t believe what Blanc said to him.
But the atmosphere was pleasant just now! I added hastily.
“It’s a good opportunity to meet her again and find out why she had to leave. It won’t be hard at all since you have me and Blanc!”
Hearing my declaration, Albert burst into laughter. Still, I didn’t want him to think that my words weren’t serious, so I quickly spoke again.
“I mean it. I’ll make sure you can meet her again.”
It’s not very common for Albert to fail at solving something. That’s even more reason for me to give him a helping hand.
“For you, Albert. I’ll find her for sure, one hundred percent.”
I sincerely want to help him. Besides that, I want to know why he had to leave Albert, and how she knew him.
She was the one who gave Albert precious memories. I know she’d also want to meet him again.
Now, I have one more reason to successfully become Blanc’s contractor.
As he looked at me, Albert’s eyes glistened. The smooth corners of his lips were drawn into an arc.
“Just hearing you say that already fills me with such happiness.”
He gazed upon me, my favorite smile on his lips.
“That was a long story. Let’s eat first.”
With that, Albert’s words reminded me that we were still inside the restaurant.
When all of my focus was on Albert, I completely forgot my surroundings.
“…Is it okay for others to have heard that?”
“I put up a barrier around us so that you’re the only one who could hear.”
So there’s a reason behind why he sat right next to me. Now I’m feeling a bit embarrassed after thinking that he only wanted to get closer to me.
I… Am I maybe getting too self-conscious?
But with Albert whispering sweet nothings into my ear every day, anyone in my shoes would have thought the same thing as me. That’s why it’s not my fault at this point.
Albert moved seats and was now sitting across from me. It felt a bit regrettable that we’re apart now.
With one gesture of his, the soup on the table was removed, and the entrée began to fill the table.
It seemed like even if a barrier was put up, people left so that they wouldn’t interfere with our conversation.
“It’s less spicy than your food, but… bon appétit.”
“I’ll make a whole lot of food for you later, you can look forward to it.”
Laughing as I chattered, I shook my fork in one hand.
“Make as much as you want. My palate has changed because of you anyway.”
Albert answered slyly. Putting the plate of seasoned grilled shrimp in front of me, he added.
“Ah, that reminds me. I’ll invite the woman to the palace in a month’s time, the one who cooks similarly to you. Didn’t you say that you want to meet her?”
His words made me recall Seo Ina, who I had honestly forgotten until now. She was the original novel’s female lead, true, but I was busy trying to survive, and I had a lot of things going on.
This was entirely Albert’s consideration for me, and he’s doing it only because I said I wanted to meet her.
I felt a little apologetic for forgetting her, but considering her adventures in the novel, I figured that she’s living well enough.
…Okay, I’ve decided. I’ll learn how to cook more dishes once I meet Seo Ina.
I want to cook something that isn’t spicy for Albert. It’s good that he tries to go along with my preferences, but I also want to cook something that suits his palate from time to time.
Immersed in such happy worries, I finished my meal with him delightedly.
After that, since we’re out together right now, we decided to stop by the tower.
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